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LITERARY LOCAL | Wheaton Counselor, Jada Hudson Publishes Book, Firefighter Emotional Wellness

Wheaton Counselor, Jada Hudson Publishes Book, Firefighter Emotional Wellness


WHEATON-Jada Hudson, M.S., LCPC, CADC, RYT-200, TIYT, is a clinically trained therapist and the owner of Hudson Clinical Counseling. With over 20 years of experience, Jada specializes in counseling first responders. Her practice is now located in Wheaton, serving west suburban Chicagoland and beyond.

Published in Fire Engineering Magazine and Fire Rescue Magazine, Jada is the author of Firefighter Emotional Wellness: How to Connect with Yourself and Others – a training exercise for the first responder's heart and mind.

Firefighter Emotional Wellness: Reconnecting with Yourself and Others is a boots-on-the-ground self-help book showcasing interviews and wisdom from firefighters and first responder wellness expert Jada Hudson, M.S., LCPC, CADC, RYT-200, TIYT.

Her Book is written specifically for firefighters and those who love them, covering topics like:​

  • What It Means to Be Emotionally Well

  • Firefighters: Heroes and Humans

  • What If I Do Not Want to Sort Through My Thoughts?

  • The Overwhelming Experience of Facing Trauma On and Off the Job

  • Needing To Be Needed and Loneliness

  • Becoming Amazing Firefighters

  • Substance Abuse and Addiction

  • When Suicide Hit My Family

  • Practicing Self-Harm

  • First Responder Personality Type and Risk

  • Pediatric Death

  • What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

  • The Difference Between Coping and Resiliency

  • If It Does Not Kill You, Does It Make You Stronger?

  • Nutrition for Mental Health

  • Intentional Actions for Happiness

  • Yoga and Meditation for Trauma and PTSD

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy

  • Making Personal Breakthroughs Using Firefighting Tactics

  • Using Your Unique Strengths in the Brotherhood

  • Healthy Relationships—Premarital and Marriage

  • The First Responder Family

  • The Connection Between Sex and the Emergency Response

  • First Responder Emotional Dangers

  • The Importance of Self-Care for First Responders

  • How the Spouse Can Help

  • The Secret to Better Relationships Is Not What You Think

  • Keys to Emotional Wellness in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis

  • A Premortem for Life

  • Late-Onset Stress Symptomatology (LOSS) Why Retirees Need to Focus on Emotional Wellness

  • Planning for Your Ideal Retirement

  • The Five Cs of Successful Aging

. . . and much more.

Jada Hudson, Hudson Clinical Couseling
Jada Hudson, Hudson Clinical Couseling

ABOUT JADA Trained specifically to counsel firefighters, police officers, dispatch, emergency medical personnel, and other law enforcement officers, Jada also works with ER doctors, nurses, EMTs, prosecutors, teachers and first responder substance abuse programs.

Serving departments of all sizes, Jada supplies mental health check-ins for law enforcement officers and designs wellness programs tailored for first responders. Jada helps people deal with the demands of their uniquely challenging jobs and transition into retirement when the time is right. Clients take an active role in strategies for healing in the safe, non-judgmental, and open experiences Jada creates to guide clients to resolution or adaptation to life's challenges.

Jada speaks at national events for firefighters and law enforcement, teaching ways first responders can become emotionally well in an emotionally demanding job.

She served on the emotional wellness advisory committee and is a subject matter expert for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign, Illinois. She presented at The National Fire Academy and is a frequent speaker at FDIC International.

Clinical Areas of Interest for First Responders:


Depression (Situational And Chronic)

Substance Abuse

Relapse Prevention

Suicidal Ideation

Trauma Resolution

Occupational Stress


Grief & Loss

Relationships & Marriages

Pre-Marital Counseling

Oncology Counseling

Divorce Adjustment

Retirement Planning

Career Transitions


Hudson Clinical Counseling proudly serves the following communities:

Wheaton Glen Ellyn Naperville Downers Grove Bolingbrook Lombard Carol Stream Elmhurst Chicago Hinsdale La Grange


-Lindy Kleivo

Firefighter Emotional Wellness by Jada Hudson